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Wild Ideas: American White Pelican

The American white pelican may not have a beautiful call, but it is a spectacular sight as is soars gracefully high above on broad, white and black wings.

Fall is a great time to spot one of the world’s largest birds in The Natural State – they stand 4 feet tall and have a 9-foot wingspan. Look for white pelicans fishing in groups on reservoirs and big rivers – below the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock and on Lake Conway are great places. Also check out Lake Dardanelle and Lake Chicot.

They use huge, heavy bills to scoop up fish as they paddle on the surface. Groups of white pelicans sometimes work together to herd fish to shallow water for easy feeding.

Learn more about American white pelicans at AllAboutBirds.org.